It looks as if winter has finally arrived and with it plenty of moisture in the form of snow.
It is such a blessing to see the forest being nourished again. Along with that good news we’ve passed the winter solstice so the long, dark days are slowly beginning to lengthen again.
On Wednesday, Dec. 17 we attended the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School Christmas Pageant.
Fortunately, the weather cleared up just enough to bring out a good crowd. The gymnasium bleachers were completely packed and the kids put on a fine show. The younger children were genuine crowd-pleasers with their spontaneous “additions” to the rehearsed program.
The older kids did a great job too — especially the band members who really showed talent with the songs they performed. The grand finale, “Twelve Days of Christmas” was very entertaining as all the grades joined in to showcase each part of the song in a very lively, unique rendition. There was even a surprise visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Things have slowed down considerably this week as all of the various Christmas parties and festivities waned so that everyone could enjoy a time of reflection with family and friends. The folks at the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank distributed their Christmas gift boxes on Tuesday Dec. 23 so that the holidays could be enjoyed by all. Thank you to all who contributed in so many ways with food, toys and money donations. The generosity of so many community members really made a difference for several local families this year.
Because most of our extended family live in the Valley, we spent several days there shopping, visiting and attending Christmas services. Of course spending a little time down there always reminds me of how fortunate we are to live in a beautiful place like Pine.
There are so many wonderful folks here and up the hill in Strawberry who help make our little mountain hamlets very special places indeed. As nice as it is to spend time with our loved ones, I always look forward to heading back home!
Don’t forget to bring your children to the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library for their second feature during “Movie Madness.” They’ll be showing “Space Chimps” on Friday, Jan. 2 at 11 a.m. Children on Christmas vacation are welcome to attend and encouraged to bring a pillow so they can relax. Refreshments will be provided.
Well, during this time of economic insecurity it can be easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged. Yet, as I recently read reflections from some folks who lived through the Great Depression, it could also be a wonderful time to reconsider what is truly important and maybe even re-prioritize our lives accordingly.
I hope that as we look forward to a new year it will be a time of hope and encouragement to try our wings in new endeavors, to do our best to improve those areas of our life that need it, and to focus less on trying to change others and more on being the person we aspire to be.
God Bless and Happy New Year!